Cinderella's Big Score: Women of the Punk and Indie Underground

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Seal Press, 2005 - Music - 343 pages
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Cinderella's Big Score celebrates the contributions of punk's oft-overlooked female artists, explores the latent?and not so latent?sexism of indie rock (so often thought of as hallowed ground of progressive movements), and tells the story of how these women created spaces for themselves in a sometimes limited or exclusionary environment. The indie music world is littered with women who have not only withstood the racket of punk's intolerance, but have twisted our societal notions of femininity in knots. Raha focuses on the United States and England in the 70s and 80s, and illuminates how the seminal women of this time shaped the female rockers of the 90s and today. Groups profiled range from The Runaways, The Slits, and The Plasmatics to L7, Sleater-Kinney, and Le Tigre. The book includes women not often featured in "women in rock" titles, such as Exene Cervenka of X, Eve Libertine and Joy de Vivre of Crass, and Poison Ivy Rorschach of the Cramps. Rare interviews and more than forty black-and-white photographs are included in this tribute to the transgressive women of the underground music scene.

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Brief, engagingly written and informative overviews of a variety of female punk and indie musicians. I could've gone for a little more depth, and I wasn't always fond of the way Raha wrapped each ... Read full review

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I contributed photos to this piece of poorly researched crock of smelly crap. I could barely stomach the first chapters because I read so many inaccuracies, whether about Blondie, Runaways, Go-Go's, X and others. The author had access to people like myself, who know the dates, quotes, locations, etc. She lifted text from other books, which were not correct either. Terrible research! How can anyone pay any attention to something which has easy to verify mistakes? Horrible horrible horrible. I wrote the author, who said she had researchers. Well, they didn't do their job! Total disrespect for the women she purports to admire. HYPOCRITE. 

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About the author (2005)

Maria Raha works for Spin and Vibe magazines, and has written for Time Out New York, and Bitch. She lives in New York City.

Kim Gordon is the bass player and vocalist of Sonic Youth. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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